My neighbor and I took a field trip to Durham last week to check out the The Reuse Warehouse and The Scrap Exchange because I am always looking for places to take clients’ unwanted items. The “Green” in my company’s name is not just for the book. I try to recycle items I take from clients’ homes.
I am now adding The Reuse Warehouse and The Scrap Exchange to my list.
First, The Reuse Warehouse takes materials such as doors, kitchen sinks, appliances and cabinets when people are renovating. They call it “deconstruction.”
“It’s important to understand how important deconstruction is to our environment,” the store’s brochure states. “An average of 136 million tons of construction waste is created each year in the United States. The majority of waste comes from demolition and renovation projects.”
The warehouse is a non-profit, which means you get a tax receipt. They will also give store credit for items donated.
Instead of just donating, though, how cool would it be to renovate using some of their materials, like this sink? I want this sink.
And they have tile! Look at all these boxes of tile.
So many times we look to buy new. But when we reuse, it’s cheaper and way cooler. Can you say character?
The Reuse Warehouse also makes wooden tables and butcher block counters from reclaimed wood. I am definitely saving for a reclaimed-wood dining table!
The Scrap Exchange — about a five minute drive from the warehouse — takes everything from VHS tapes to old computers. (I did not take pictures for some reason!) The store is also a non-profit, so donations qualify for tax deductions.
The exchange then offers those unwanted, out-dated things to artists or anyone to create with them. They even have a room where children can make art with tapes! (Birthday party, anyone?) That way, the don’t end up in the landfill.
What can you do today to go more green?